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Certification Credentials

Specialty Nursing
After meeting the eligibility requirements to take the appropriate specialty certification examination and successfully passing the exam, you are awarded the Registered Nurse – Board Certified (RN-BC) credential. A few exceptions to the standard credential are listed below.

Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN)
Advanced practice nursing certifications at ANCC include clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and nurse practitioner (NP) specialties. Once an advanced practice nurse (NP or CNS) meets the requirements to take the appropriate certification examination and successfully passes the exam, the nurse is awarded a credential from the chart below.

Certification Exam Certification Credential Awarded
Nurse practitioners
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ACNP-BC
Adult Nurse Practitioner ANP-BC
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner AGACNP-BC
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner AGPCNP-BC
Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner PMHNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner FNP-BC
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner PMHNP-BC
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner GNP-BC
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner PNP-BC
School Nurse Practitioner (retired exam) SNP-BC
Clinical nurse specialists
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist AGCNS-BC
Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist ACNS-BC
Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist PMHCNS-BC
Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist PMHCNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist Core (retired exam) CNS-BC
Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist GCNS-BC
Home Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist (retired exam) HHCNS-BC
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist PCNS-BC
Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
(alternate credential for Advanced Public Health Nursing)
PHCNS-BC
specialty nurses
Ambulatory Care Nursing RN-BC
Cardiac Rehabilitation Nursing (retired exam) RN-BC
Cardiac-Vascular Nursing RN-BC
Certified Vascular Nurse (retired exam) RN-BC
College Health Nursing (retired exam) RN-BC
Community Health Nursing (retired exam) RN-BC
General Nursing Practice (retired exam) RN-BC
Gerontological Nursing RN-BC
High-Risk Perinatal Nursing (retired exam) RN-BC
Home Health Nursing (retired exam) RN-BC
Informatics Nursing RN-BC
Medical-Surgical Nursing RN-BC
Nurse Executive NE-BC
Nurse Executive, Advanced NEA-BC
Nursing Case Management RN-BC
Nursing Professional Development RN-BC
Pain Management Nursing RN-BC
Pediatric Nursing RN-BC
Perinatal Nursing (retired exam) RN-BC
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing RN-BC
Public Health Nursing, Advanced APHN-BC
School Nursing (retired exam) RN-BC
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